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ANNUAL REPORT of the MOTOR-VEHICLE BRANCH FOR THE YEAR 1953 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1955

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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1953
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1954
  To His Honour Clarence Wallace, C.B.E..
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Annual Report of the Motor-vehicle
Branch for the year 1953. illSp
% R. W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., December, 1954.
  Report of the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles, 1953 jl
The Honourable R.W. Bonner, Q.C., B. A., LL.B., -*|| ^
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
§IRj—I have the honour to submit the Annual Report of the Motor-vehicle Branch
for the year 1953. -Jlllf   -^^l"; &
Comparative figures between the years 1952 and 1953 again show a steady increase
of 8.6 per cent in the total number of motor-vehicle licenses. This increased the work
volume for all departments and phases of the work in relation to the total registrations,
as indicated under the following sections of this Report. This is dealt with in detail
under the following headings:— ||
1. Licences.
111:2. Accidents and Convictions. .. W,
t:   3. Driving Safety— " -k,
(a) Safety Responsibility. ^ p
(b) Examination of Drivers.
(c) Drivers'Education. -^^
4. Encumbrance Registry Division.            '•■^ifr
'ft   5. School Bus Regulations.
i   6. Staff. _£,'-    * - ''JgL ■'-■""
-   jj 1. LICENCES   J§     ■ / -      ' "
During the 1953 licence-year, increases were recorded in passenger new registrations, passenger renewals, and commercial renewal licences issued. One decrease in
motor-vehicle licences was recorded in commercial new registrations, being 1,036 under
the 1952 total or a decrease of 8.27 per cent. Other increases and decreases in connection with the issuance of licences and permits during the 1953 licence-year, as
compared to similar issuance during the 1952 licence-year, were as follows:—
Increase WM ^   „
Number Per Cent
:     Passenger (new registrations)  _ 2,712 7.79
Passenger (renewals)  |  19,517 9.67
Commercial (renewals)  6,259 7.74
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle permits  162 13.39
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle permits 603 63.34
Permits for temporary operation  104 6.11
Permits for temporary operation of a farm tractor 79 11.11
Trailer licences  1  1,874 13.84
Motor-dealer licences  28 1.79       '
I    Transfers    3,852 1.86
Learners' licences  \  1,697 7.63
||||r ;     Motor-vehicle duplicate licences |  3,190 39.22
Decrease
Commercial (new registrations)   1,036 8.27
Non-resident special motor-vehicle permits  32 19.75
Non-resident farmers' permits  11 %■ 100.00
Motor-cycle licences  104 2.65
Salesmen's licences  11 1.20
Temporary operation for motor-dealers*  54 23.79
1   Chauffeurs' Class I A " licences #    75 $-'■■■■■■ 1.62
Chauffeurs' Class I B " licences  147 § 3.44
Chauffeurs' Class 1 C " licences  135 0.31
Now discontinued.
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Motor-vehicles which have been previously registered and licensed elsewhere, and
brought into the Province for use here came from the following places:—     fj
Place Passenger Commercial
Alberta |  2,652 908 f
Saskatchewan —      944 188    .   .
Manitoba  —      675 94
Ontario   2,219 285
Quebec -_ - --     289 27          M
New Brunswick        53 5
Nova Scotia -___      189 | 7
Prince Edward Island 1          8 1       jS|
Newfoundland      2
Yukon ____! - - « 88 63§
Northwest Territories          5 1
Total used-car registrations (Canadian)  7,122 1,581
Arizona  If    1 % 2
Arkansas  J  1     1 4^    1_4
California 1 - | §181 30
Colorado —	
Connecticut I	
Delaware 1 — _______________„___
District of Columbia ______	
Florida |j| | __ f
Georgia  ____ |	
Idaho  _.__ -	
Illinois	
Indiana	
Iowa	
Kansas 	
Kentucky 	
Louisiana  I
Maryland	
Massachusetts	
Michigan	
Minnesota 	
Missouri  g	
Montana	
Nebraska __
Nevada _	
New Hampshire _I __________ ___
New Jersey	
New Mexico	
New York	
North Carolina  1	
North Dakota 	
Ohio	
Oklahoma	
Oregon	
Pennsylvania 	
South Dakota	
Tennessee  *___
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Wisconsin	
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Passenger Commercial
396 7,122     120 1,581
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Total used-car registrations (United States)
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Total*used-car registrations (all others)	
Total used-car registrations, 1953 licence-
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1,764
As previously mentioned, the number of motor-vehicles licensed under the " Motor-
vehicle Act" for the year 1953 again showed a steady increase of 8.6 per cent over
1952. During 1953 there was. a total of 345,005 motor-vehicles (other than motorcycles) Hcensed, as compared to 317,553 for 1952, a gain of 27,452. The 1953 total
includes 37,532 passenger new registrations and 11,485 commercial new registrations,
of which 7,779 passenger and 1,764 commercial type were used-car registrations which
had been licensed elsewhere and brought into this Province for use. The balance of
29,753 private passenger-type motor-vehicles and 9,721 commercial-type motor-vehicles
were new vehicles being Hcensed for the first time. #
For the purpose of comparison, the following is a statement of Hcences, permits,
etc., issued for the Hcence-years 1946 to 1953, inclusive:—
 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953
N 9
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during the
Licence-years 1946 to 1953, Inclusive
Licences Issued
Motor-vehicles—-
Passenger (new)	
Passenger (renewal)	
Total passenger	
Passenger substitutional	
Commercial (new)	
Commercial (renewal)	
Total commercial	
Commercial substitutional licences—
Total motor-vehicles	
Total substitutional licences	
Duplicate motor-vehicle licences	
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle permits	
Non-resident special motor-vehicle permits —
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle
permits	
Permits for temporary operation	
Permits for temporary operation—farm
tractors	
Motor-cycles—
New.	
Renewal	
Substitutions	
Total motor-cycles	
Trailers	
Substitutional licences	
Duplicate licences	
Motor-dealers—
Original licences	
Additional plates	
Substitutional plates	
Original motor-cycle dealer licences	
Additional motor-cycle dealer licences
Motor-cycle substitutional licences	
Salesmen's licences	
Temporary operation of motor-dealers
Salesmen's duplicate licences	
Transfers—
Passenger	
Commercial	
Motor-cycle	
Trailers %	
Total transfers	
Chauffeurs-
Original Class "A"	
Substitutional Class "A"	
Original Class "B"	
Substitutional Class "B"	
Original Class "C"	
Substitutional Class "C"	
Duplicate chauffeurs	
Drivers—
Original	
Renewal	
Duplicate	
Original chauffeurs	
Renewal chauffeurs	
Original salesmen	
Renewal salesmen	
Permits to minors	
Duplicate permits to minors	
Learners' licences  __
Learners' permits   j
Search f ees_.._
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
11,157
97,920
22,362
106,249
19,281
124,394
26,858
138,248
109,077
128,611
143,675
165,106
672
692
26,113
1,471
5,334
32,785
8,627
38,082
8,966
44,949
9,184
51,037
38,119
46,709
53,915
60,221
1,279
1,494
3,290
1,964
147,196
175,320
197,590
225,327
1,951
2,186
29,403
3,435
2,450
2,853
321
308
444
343
215
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350
92
42,094
11,686
2,585
363
2,826
57
3,469
108
32,728
123
153
20,395
169,922
2,378
4,580
28,185
3
215
6,958
366
4,044
1,059
41,604
3,422
3,604
3,625
3,667
455
347
441
1  413
770
692
3,562
95
4,205
179
38,966
169
226
26,027
185,673
3,299
5,183
34,591
1
313
9,503
465
6,440
1,526
217,522
4,015
98
4,599
175
46,157
203
241
25,921
201,750
3,654
5,638
42,331
4
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12,210
428
8,018
2,045
156,022
3,737
3,095
436
661
855
485
761
2,277
55
1,652
1 2,712
100
789
3,747
89
741
3,940
108
3,038
4,364   4,536
4,681
8,178
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10,117
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76,405
16,886
18,496
2,595
2,746
375
327
93,452
20,584
2,871
270
56,728  89,106  97,974  117,177
4,861
48
4,717
63
50,763
212
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26,810
218,866
4,144
4,995
48,610
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10,829
798
12,646
3,212
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42,025
156,372
27,616
186,154
34,820
201,891
37,532
221,408
198,397
213,770
236,711
258,940
2,707
5,448
1,650
4,075
11,496
55,810
11,733
61,770
12,521
68,321
11,485
74,580
67,306
73,503
80,842
86,065
2,207
1,938
2,852
7,303
265,703
287,273
317,553
345,005
4,914
7,386
4,502
11,378
5,355
2,207
383
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1,215
559
718
800
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1,245
212
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5,048
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4,654
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53,560
196
240
31,047
237,101
4,939
3,904
52,601
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9,282
929
19,281
3,496
377,466
6,496
8,134
1,630
1,209
216
162
719
952
1,475
1,702
665
711
5,062
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4,594
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49,598
189
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19,723
480,131
4,616
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4,275
78
42,997
100
151
22,229
562,175
11,324
1,371
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1,555
1,806
790
743
3,866
94
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3,721
77
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3,484
93
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3,317
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3,929
3,825
11,032
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171,618
25,538
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31,756
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2,912
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2,630
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 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953
N 11
The number of drivers' licences issued during the 1953 licence-year is not included
in the aforementioned statement, due to the issuance of the five-year driver's licence,
commencing on January 2nd, 1951, During 1953, however, there were 27,327 original,
14,284 renewal, and 6,992 duplicate drivers' licences issued. In addition, there were
8,612 originals, 84 renewals, and 1,395 duplicate drivers' licences issued to minors, which
would expire on the applicant's twenty-first birthday. During the 1951 licence-year,
licences were issued to 335,378 drivers. Original and renewal drivers' licences issued in
1952 amounted to 56,368, and in 1953 there were 50,307, making a total of 442,053
drivers' licences issued since commencement of the five-year period. '%   ■ ■
j|||   1 Distribution of Motor-vehicles ||
The following table shows a breakdown of motor-vehicle licence issuance by centres.
Government offices at Terrace and Vanderhoof issued licences, etc., during the 1953
licence-year and are therefore shown for the first time. This issuance was previously
included under Prince Rupert and Burns Lake respectively. The Government Agency at
Greenwood was closed, anjd issuing at that point was taken over by the City Clerk, as a
sub-office of the Grand Forks Government Agency.
The first ten offices by volume remain unchanged as compared to 1952 issuance,
with the exception of Penticton and Kamloops, these two switching places. Duncan
dropped to fourteenth place from eleventh, and the issuance at Prince George increased
from sixteenth to thirteenth place.
Place
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Grand
Total
Vancouver ...
Victoria .	
New'Westminster
Nanaimo-	
Chilliwack	
Vemon	
Kelowna	
Courtenay	
$amloops—	
Penticton	
Trail	
Nelson	
Prince George	
Duncan	
Abbotsford™	
Cranbrook	
Pouce Coupe	
Alberni	
Mission	
Salmon Arm	
Quesnel	
Powell River	
Creston	
Prince Rupert	
Oliver	
Fernie	
Golden	
Grand Forks	
Smithers	
Williams Lake.	
Burns Lake £_£
Princeton	
New Denver	
Revelstoke	
Terrace	
Lillooet _,
Rossland	
Vanderhoof |
Ashcroft ..
Merritt :._
Clinton B
Ganges	
Kaslo 1	
Barkerville
Atlin 2„__
Totals....
3,100
960
909
88
220
87
130
126
171
109
108
128
181
60
103
147
326
46
62
36
29
20
76
36
32
137
88
17
28
17
33
8
14
23
19
18
21
r!6
17
7
10
4
7
2
3
14,169
3,022
3,051
577
677
541
422
536
560
601
602
514
540
366
485
356
383
433
263
98
131
121
123
144
104
124
122
51
88
75
83
64
28
58
85
24
8
39
32
28
13
1
10
1
77,412
40,980
29,378
5,813
5,352
3,997
3,984
4,134
3,314
3,744
3,979
3,399
2,631
3,805
3,259
2,843
1,537
2,971
2,338
1,167
987
1,446
942
1,215
1,148
902
662
839
657
558
553
891
556
600
375
482
624
319
Wm
393
222
307
172
110
19
94,681
44,962
33,338
6,478
6,249
4,625
4,536
4,796
4,045
4,454
4,689
4,041
3,352
4,231
3,847
3,346
2,246
3,450
2,663
1,301
1,147
1,587
1,141
1,395
1,284
1,163
872
907
773
650
669
963
598
681
479
524
653
374
441
428
245
311
180
122
23
7,779 | 29,753 | 221,408 | 258,940
347
98
209
20
38
30
30
16
56
30
26
26
82
8
35
91
276
6
7
9
14
4
26
14
7
66
48
7
13
23
41
2
2
6
6
3
10
1
8
4
2
6
1
10
2,899
1,091
948
182.
301
318
196
176
321
226
166
170
330
153
246
187
422
86
99
69
134
42
i* 90
66
69
67
90
36
82
73
88
26
27
35
69
16
5
45
25
28
7
2
3
4
6
16,048
12,932
7,301
1,955
1,958
2,447
1,795
1,502
1,945
1,538
1,236
1,719
2,067
1,387
1,352
1,520
1,999
793
1,081
947
972
506
797
576
663
491
714
676
680
725
631
389
433
329
391
300
165
336
295
290
276
175
145
65
38
19,294
14,121
8,458
2,157
2,297
2,795
2,021
1,694
2,322
1,794
1,428
1,915
2,479
1,548
1,633
1,798
2,697
885
1,187
1,025
1,120
552
913
656
739
624
852
719
775
821
760
415
462
366
466
322
173
391
321
326
287
179
154
70
54
113,975
59,083
41,796
8,635
8,546
7,420
6,557
6,490
6,367
6,248
6,117
5,956
5,831
5,779
5,480
5,144
4,943
4,335
3,850
2,326
2,267
2,139
2,054
2,051
2,023
1,787
1,724
1,626
1,548
1,471
1,429
1,378
1,060
1,047
945
846
826
765
762
754
532
490
334
192
M7
1,764 I 9,721
74,580
86,065  345,005
 n m
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Mail-order Issuance
A decrease of 4,706 or 18.9 per cent was recorded in mail-order issuance and
licences at headquarters in Victoria under the 1952 issuance, no doubt due to the fact
that passenger and commercial tabs were issued in place of licence plates. From the
following synopsis it will also be noted that there were 13,886 passenger licences and
3,003 commercial licences issued to residents outside the Victoria area. If these were
deducted from the Victoria issuance, together with Provincial Government and Department of National Defence licences, the balance of 30,003 passenger and 6,721 commercial
licences would be the approximate motor-vehicle population of the Victoria area.
I The following is a summary of mail-order issuance during 1953:—
1953 Mail-order Synopsis
Vancouver
Victoria
New Westminster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance of
Province
Out of
Province
Total
Passenger plates 1
Provincial  Government passenger
plates 	
Commercial plates	
Provincial Government commercial
plates -_  1	
Motor-cycle plates -—
Farm-tractor plates	
Class "A" chauffeurs' licences	
Class **B" chauffeurs' licences	
Class "C" chauffeurs' licences—	
Drivers' licences and minors'
drivers* licences	
National Defence licences	
National  Defence  motor-cycle
plates	
Trailer plates	
Provincial   Government   trailer
plates	
Totals \	
9,270
1,414
66
9
2
42
27
33
1,729
761
262
2,126
39
1
1
2
3
33
1,583
60
23
221
10,863.
6,844
285
89
5
i
7
1
1,286
498
35
9
12
6
54
82
18
389
2,000
2,987
874
73
97
35
17
233
215
40
58
128
1
2
7
8
15
15,615
761
3,265
2,126
219
107
60
27
346
366
1,583
60
130
221
4,571
219
24,886
; |   : Revenue §
# A total of $9,666,389.95 was collected during the 1953 licence-year for licences,
permits, and fees under the " Motor-vehicle Act," excluding drivers' examinations (which
is used to defray the cost of these examinations). This is an increase over 1952 collections
of $824,034.14 or 9.32 per cent. §    §
Collections through offices of this Branch amounted to 70.09 per cent of the total
for an amount of $6,774,838.70. This is an increase of $458,259.60; however, there
was a percentage drop of 0.5 per cent due to the taking over of the Nelson Motor Licence
Office by the Government Agent at Nelson. -§?
Motor Licence Offices, together with corresponding collections, were as follows:—
| Vancouver Motor Licence Office_____  $3,289,903.66
Victoria Motor Licence Office________: :___     1,521,385.66
New Westminster Motor Licence Office     1,106,196.54
Chilliwack Motor Licence Office        233,094.57 §
!!••       Kamloops Motor Licence Office        190,342.62
T5j['     Trail Motor Licence Office        176,211.33
Abbotsford Motor Licence Office .__       150,808.66
Mission Motor Licence Office        106,885.66
Total  $6,774,828.70
I The balance of $2,891,561.25 was collected through the various Government
Agencies, by their staffs, police detachments and Municipal Issuing Offices reporting
through Government Agencies. 1 lip
|g Drivers' examination fees in 1953 amounted to $82,162, which was a decrease of
$11,072 under 1952.J  \gj "m    1 p^ft - - -   -' Wm"   '
  N 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
A decrease in the number of refunds is recorded this year, but an increase is shown
in the amount remitted. Total refunds amounted to 6,586 during the period under review
ending March 31st, 1954, to the value of $46,401.16, as against 7,574 with a value of
$44,372.93 in the previous year. The amount refunded on the unexpired portion of five-
year drivers' licences reflects a natural decrease due to the diminishing surrender value
of these licences, and a considerable reduction in the total of the claims paid—in 1952
$11,031, and in 1953, $6,855. A slight increase is recorded in the amount refunded on
relinquishment of licences, under section 16 (2), the total being $18,865.53, as against
$17,978.32 in 1952. Refunds on the surrender of motor-vehicle licences under the
provisions of the I Motor-vehicle Act" allowing persons residing east of the Cascade
Mountains to surrender their licences at the end of October, November, or December
show a marked f alling-off, both in number of applications and total value, the latter being
$818.57, or approximately 13 per cent less than in 1952. While this year shows only
a moderate increase in the number of items covering licences taken out in error, overcharges, reduction in weight of vehicles, etc., there was a considerable rise in the total
amount remitted, the increase over the previous year being $6,215.67. Miscellaneous
refunds remained constant, the value of these items being $1,714.16, compared to
$1,794.24 in 1952.
Type of Refund
1952
Number
Amount
1953
Number
Amount
Licence fees taken out in error (overcharge, weight reduction, etc.).
Registration fees paid twice	
Motor-cycle licences (overpaid)	
Substitution fees (paid in error)	
Dealers' licences (relinquished)	
Trailer licences (overpaid) ;	
Transfer fees	
Drivers' licences and duplicates (paid in error)	
Chauffeurs' licences (issued in error)	
Minors' permits and drivers' licences	
Refunds, section 4 (4) (a)	
Refunds, section 4 (4) (b)	
Drivers' examination fees	
Sub-totals	
Drivers' licence refunds, section 20 (8)	
Relinquishment refunds, section 16 (2)	
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (October 31st, one-third)	
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (November 30th, one-quarter).
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (December 31st, one-sixth)	
Sub-totals	
iP§ Total of refunds  	
637
71
10
1
9
28
12
33
16
34
3
24
1
$7,332.08
705.00
29.00
2.00
60.68
214.51
9.00
124.00
45.50
48.00
143.43
412.12
1.00
721
20
6
7
7
60
20
24
2
19
2
15
5
$13,547.75
200.00
35.00
13.00
102.24
744.22
15.75
38.50
2.00
23.00
128.75
406.70
5.00
879
$9,126.32
908       $15,261.91
3,333
2,554
190
408
210
$11,031.00
2,580
17,978.32
2,525
2,357.87
149
2,775.08
382
1,104.34
134
$6,855.00
18,865.53
1,837.11
2,880.02
701.59
6,695 $35,246.61        5,678       $31,139.25
7,574    I    $44,372.93    I   6,586
$46,401.16
2. ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
:/'£;:...-■ MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS     [§'     "
The following table indicates the trend over a five-year period of motor-vehicle
regfes^ations, ratio of accidents per 1,000 motor-vehicle registrations, total traffic deaths,
and average cost of reported property damage. |pS
.. j Motor-vehicles    Accidents per Average Prop-
Year Registered     1,000 Registered   Deaths      erty Damage
1949   225,327 84.60 §184 $197.73
1950  265,703 67.80 175 236.66
1951  287,273 68.10 208 283.79
1952  317,553 66.70 209 304.32
1953  350,419 63.05 208 322.59
 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953 N 15
It is interesting to note the death ratio, as taken from this table per 10,000 vehicles,
has dropped to 5.9 during the 1953 year. This ratio, from 1949 to 1953, inclusive, was
as follows:   1949,8.2;  1950,6.5;   1951.7.2;  1952,6.5;  1953,5.9. j
The following tables give a detailed breakdown of accident statistics kept by the
Branch, showing areas and time of occurrence, and driving factors involved, and comparing the years 1952 and 1953.
It is interesting to note the following percentages, which give an indication of
trend:—
Per Cent
Increase in motor-vehicles, 1953 over 1952  8.60
Increase in motor-vehicle accidents, 1953 over 1952___.  4.30
Increase in accident injuries, 1953 over 1952  7.50
Decrease in accident deaths, 1953 over 1952  0.48
Increase in property damage, 1953 over 1952  10.50
Table 1.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents for the
I Ten-year Period 1944-1953
Year
Accidents
Reported
Persons
Killed
Persons
Injured
Property
Damage
Motor-
vehicles
Involved
1944	
1945 	
1946	
1947	
1948	
1949.	
1950	
1951	
1952	
1953	
Totals.
5,203
7,067
9,792
13,056
17,565
19,061
18,029
20,381
21,189
22,096
115
116
147
197
182
184
175
208
209
208
2,296
3,108
3,920
4,489
5,133
5,194
5,720
6,624
7,197
7,737
153,439
1,741
51,418
$626,474.37
960,367.22
1,352,670.96
2,002,855.18
3,167,109.53
3,769,821.29
4,266,784.40
5,784,077.02
6,448,892.19
7,128,012.75
$35,504,064.91
8,400
11,598
15,964
21,381
29,852
32,970
31,223
35,331
36,757
38,566
262,042
  Table 2.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Cities of the Province for the Calendar Years 1952 and 1953
^ of Occurrence
Killed
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Fatal Accidents
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1952
1953
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injury Accidents
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1952
1953
___»
or (-)
Decrease
Accidents Reported
1952
lattenty--
Mbrook	
fanbcrland-
bad Forks.
loloops	
Wo—•	
Uonu	
fofcrley	
jAwiith	
Iktritt	
Vtuimo	
_0B	
I Vd Westminster..
fa_ Vancouver..
|K Alberni	
hn Coquitlam	
ta Moody	
hncc George	
h_t Rupert	
Wstoke	
Arm..
Totals .
1
2
1
1
2
3
1
32
2
5
6
2
1
2
1
43
1
5
Per Cent
-100.0
-100.0
-50.0
-100.0
+100.0
-Ibb.b
-100.0
-50.0
—33.3
-100.0
-Tboo
+34.4
-50.0
57
66
+15.8
1
1
2
1
1
1
3
1
31
1
5
5
2
1
2
1
1
42
1
5
Per Cent
—100.0
—100.0
-100.0
+150.0
—100.0
— 100.0
—33.3
-100.0
— 100.0
+35.5
52
64
+23.1
17
20
5
11
3
3
19
17
13
1
49
9
223
91
34
34
29
47
15
3
14
7
30
2,289
28
333
17
2
24
17
4
1
27
3
7
1
23
1
41
21
12
7
48
11
297
88
13
23
21
58
12
2
9
6
43
2,411
39
346
Per Cent
+ 183.30
+41.20
— 15.00
—20.00
+ 145.40
+ 133.30
—66.70
+21.10
+ 141.20
+61.50
+1100.00
-2.04
+22.20
+33.20
—3.30
-61.80
—32.40
—27.60
+23.40
-20.00
—33.30
-35.70
-14.30
+43.30
+5.30
+39.30
+3.90
3,350     3,635
+8.50
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Property Damage
1952
12
14
5
3
2
16
14
11
1
39
8
175
66
23
19
18
34
13
3
10
6
25
1,747
21
258
10
1
15
15
4
1
20
5
1
18
1
30
17
8
4
38;
8
210
63
11
15
14
37,
12
2
$
5j
301
1,842
27
260
Per Cent
+ 100.0
+25.0
+7.1
-20.0
+ 122.2
+ 100.0
+66.6
-50.0
+ 12.5
+114.3
+54.5
+700.0
—_!_
+20.0
—4.5
—52.2
—21.1
—22.2
+8.8
—7.7
—33.3
-20.0
-16.6
+20.0
+5.4
+28.6
+0.8
2,557     2,735
+7.0
98
6
127
102
64
13
75
8
28
25
5
219
4
133
62
33
12
456
59
1,519
345
194
116
76
310
206
24
44
22
2
289
14,905
232
1,761
125
25
144
112
98
11
109
16
57
17
8
267
5
191
87
42
11
389
46
1,715
453
212
128
78
464
174
32
53
26
2
286
15,383
170
2,061
Per Cent
+27.6
+316.7
+ 13.4
+9.9
+53.1
— 15.4
+45.3
+ 100.0
+ 103.6
+32.0
+60.0
+21.9
+25.0
+43.6
+40.3
+27.3
—8.3
—14.7
+22.0
+ 12.9
+31.3
+9.3
+10.3
+2.6
+43.2
— 10.7
+33.3
+20.5
+ 18.2
-1.0
+3.2
—26.7
+ 17.0
21,574   22,997
+6.6
1953
58
67
3
15
69
77
56
63
36
51
8
7
45
65
6
9
15
30
13
11
3
4
115
151
2
3
74
108
36
52
18
23
7
7
248
218
34
27
825
913
196
246
101
115
70
71
49
49
179
256
126
98
14
18
28
32
15
17
1
1
158
157
8,008
8,206
130
97
965
1,109
Per Cent
+15.5
+400.0
+11.6
+ 12.5
+41.7
-12.5
+44.4
+50.0
+100.0
—15.4
+33.3
+31.3
+50.0
+45.9
+44.4
+27.8
—12.1
—20.6
+ 10.7
+25.5
+13.9
+ 1.4
+43.0
—22.2
+28.4
+ 14.3
+ 13.3
-0.6
+2.5
—25.4
+ 14.9
11,711   12,373
+5.7
$15,628.76
435.67
18,974.03
13,161.72
9,067.42
1,446.25
12,021.55
3,474.75
2,873.59
2,858.00
1,975.00
32,622.89
1,437.50
17,081.42
9,480.53
4,489.72
1,570.00
63,848.06
8,955.13
201,308.21
56,513.98
28,838.95
22,739.85
11,992.02
56,814.74
33,289.05
3,015.00
6,900.25
2,799.50
450.00
37,050.39
1,865,926.63
38,866.50
206,440.17
$21,980.85
3,885.00
21,149.76
16,344.61
16,317.17
2,588.50
17,220.21
2,231.95
7,112.64
3,763.00
1,209.00
37,363.90
1,201.91
27,556.74
13,853.28
5,905.23
3,400.00
61,662.06
7,902.50
261,656.36
81,157.89
32,689.00
21,060.61
15,216.17
86,376.53
24,754.76
4,122.00
8,947.00
4,213.91
198.00
46,381.91
2,034,716.89
26,949.26
279,655.78
N   17
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
+27.9
+791.7
+11.5
+24.2
+80.0
+81.7
+43.2
—35.8
+ 147.5
+31.7
-38.8
+ 10.5
—16.4
+61.3
+46.1
+35.1
+ 116.6
—3.4
-11.8
+30.0
+43.6
+ 13.4
—7.4
+26.9
+52.0
-25.6
+36.7
+29.7
+50.5
—56.0
+25.2
+9.0
—30.7
+35.5
$2,794,347.23  |$3,200,744.38  |      +14.5
Table 3.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the District Municipalities of the Province for the Calendar Years 1952 and 1953
Place of Occurrence
Killed
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Fatal Accidents
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1952
1953
( + )
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Injury Accidents
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1952
1953
( + )
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Accidents Reported
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Property Damage
1952
1953
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!*v«_on»__.
^Saanicbl.
Totals..
5
13
13
2
2
1
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
1
1
2
1
2
1
2
6
2
5
2
"l
1
	
8
ii
1
3
56~
1
53 |
!
Per Cent
+160.0
-100.0
-i6676
—50.0
-100.0
+50.0
+25.0
+100.0
-66.7
+100.0
-5~o76
—100T6
-66/7
-100.0
+3775
+200.6
-5.4
5
8
2
1
1
2
3
1
3
1
11
2
1
2
5
2
5
2
1
1
8
10
1
3
1
Per Cent
+120.0
—100.0
—100.0
—ibb.b
+50.0
+66.7
—66.7
+100.0
—50.6
—100.0
-60.0
—50.6
— 100.0
+25.6
+200.0
48
48
348
1
423
87
85
2
34
38
67
44
26
44
1
1
8
84
72
66
77
66
74
19
41
25
37
47
42
15
14
1
4
39
50
10
6
96
115
97
106
7
14
4
7
40
49
12
13
356
465
1
49
67
8
14
1,604
1,913
Per Cent
+21.6
—2.3
+ 11.8
—34.3
+69.2
+700.0
— 14.3
+ 16.7
+ 12.1
+ 115.8
+48.0
— 10.6
-6.7
+300.0
+28.2
—40.0
+19.8
+9.1
+100.0
+75.0
+22.5
+8.3
+2.5
+36.7
+75.0
+ 19.3
214
50
20
36
23
i
43
40
40
10
14
39
9
1
26
7
70
71
5
3
22
8
208
38
6
280
52
1
23
25
28
1
5
46
49
43
18
20
30
11
2
29
3
82
74
9
6
25
7
264
1
47
7
Per Cent
-30.8
+4.0
+ 15.0
-30.6
+21.7
+400.0
+7.0
+22.5
+7.5
+80.0
+42.9
—23.1
+22.2
+ 100.0
+ 11.6
—57.1
+ 17.1
+4.2
+80.0
+ 100.0
+ 13.6
—12.5
+26.9
+23.7
+16.6
1,004 I 1,188 |      +18.3
|
Per Cent
1,585
1,865
+ 17.7
859
264
240
—9.1
160
3
5
+66.7
2
137
231
+68.6
80
138
107
—22.5
93
146
181
+24.0
83
10
9
-10.0
5
5
24
+380.0
4
306
282
-7.8
174
238
254
+6.7
153
223
263
+ 17.9
126
95
69
-27.4
63
90
115
+27.8
59
251
259
—3.2
144
77
84
+9.1
42
3
10
+233.3
2
194
192
-1.0
116
40
21
—47.5
21
511
501
-2.0
296
364
375
+3.0
226
34
48
+41.2
21
28
31
+ 10.7
16
110
129
+18.2
66
35
45
+28.6
23
1,451
1,929
+32.9
791
18
16
-11.1
10
362
370
+2.2
197
42
27
-35.7
24
6,760 I 7,682
+ 13.7
1,005
163
4
133
73
100,
6
17
173
154
149
42
82
145
47
8
106
13
289
230
31
22
73
28
1,012
10
201
17
Per Cent
+17.0
+ 1.9
+66.3
—21.5
+20.5
+20.0
+425.0
-0.6
+0.7
+ 18.3
—33.3
+39.0
+0.7
+ 11.9
+300.0
-8.6
—38.2
—2.4
+1.8
+47.6
+37.5
+ 10.6
+21.7
+27.9
+2.0
—29.2
3,856 | 4,333 |      +12.3
$265,463.36
72,094.85
300.00
22,859.54
28,919.50
22,138.34
508.00
1,619.00
66,131.51
51,804.66
46,996.34
17,598.16
22,898.00
36,248.23
9,237.14
100.00
32,780.21
9,895.45
82,527.79
63,442.57
6,304.71
5,018.80
27,107.39
8,030.28
253,914.92
2,381.30
49,638.22
6,874.15
$313,205.18
53,845.80
2,575.18
39,712.33
34,106.08
27,957.00
2,700.75
7,688.50
68,698.46
52,455.54
63,532.03
20,018.64
27,616.87
35,553.51
14,388.13
2,535.00
31,854.38
4,385.74
87,014.32
72,718.86
11,062.12
10,015.00
41,674.98
8,527.58
354,024.81
3,596.56
61,411.53
6,796.19
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
+18.0
—25.3
+758.4
+73.7
+17.9
+26.3
+431.6
+374.9
+3.9
+ 1.3
+35.2
+ 13.5
+20.6
-1.9
+55.8
+2435.0
—2.8
—55.7
+5.4
+ 14.6
+75.5
+99.5
+53.7
+6.2
+39.4
+51.0
+23.7
— 1.1
$1,212,832.42 |$1,459,671.07
+20.3
  Table 4.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in Village Municipalities of the Province for the Calendar Years 1952 and 1953
N 19
Place of Occurrence
Killed
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Fatal Accidents
1952
1953
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
\fi Denver	
Vrth Kamloops.
lie	
loupe	
m Beach.
Terrace.
\_n_erhoof	
Westview	
Warns Lake_
-janaird	
Mirysville	
tanish.	
Totals_
■100.0
T6b76
5        -37.5
Per Cent
100.0
-100.0
—100.6
-66.7
2
5
1
15
3
I
3
5
1
12
8
3
5
4
1
5
6
1
1
1
8
1
3
1
1
1
17
14
2
1
2
6
2
3
4
4
4
18
5
1
2
1
2
3
1
6
11
9
1
7
Per Cent
+50.0
-20.0
+ 166.7
— 100.6
—75.0
+20.0
-100.0
+200.0
—iooTb
-17.6
-50.0
+200.0
+50.6
+ 100.0
—72.2
-100.0
-100.0
+50.0
+500.0
—18.2
—100.0
109
114
+4.6
Injury Accidents
1952 I   1953
2
5
1
10
2
11
1
2
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1952
10
1
5
1  1
4
2   fi
11    5
i mt
Ii
l
2    2
i m
7    9
1
4
Per Cent
+50.0
—20.0
~ -10.0
+200.0
— 100.6
"""66.7
+20.0
— 100.0
-100.0
+100.6
-loo.o
—9^1
+150.0
+200.0
-100.0
+50.6
-54.5
-100.0
-100.0
+200.0
+28.6
100.0
80
86
+7.5
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Accidents Reported
1952
39
17
23
80
12
1
11
8
23
71
16
6
17
9
8
4
92
2
8
6
3
6
2
23
79
3
1
36
11
13
73
17
2
7
11
17
72
26
1
38
9
2
1
8
84
1
26
11
20
10
5
10
109
6
6
30
1
2
30
40
2
20
25
54
36
33
13
4
2
4
5
36
Per Cent
-7.7
-35.3
-43.5
-8.8
+41.7
+100.0
—36.4
+37.5
-26.1
+ 1.4
+62.5
—83.3
+123.5
-75.0
-75.0
-8.7
—50.0
+225.0
+83.3
+566.6
+66.7
+ 150.0
—56.5
+37.97
+100.0
-100.0
+400.0
+ 100.0
+33.3
-100.0
+25.0
—33.3
-60.6
+25.0
720
819
+13.8
21
12
14
47
7
1
7
4
14
40
9
4
8
5
5
3
52
2
5
4
2
5
1
13
44
2
1
1953
19
9
9
44
13
1
4
8
10
39
14
1
22
7
1
1
5
49
1
16
6
12
5
2
8
60
3
3
16
1
1
17
22
2
10
14
32
22
19
7
2
1
3
3
21
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
-9.5
-47.1
-35.7
-6.4
+85.7
-42.9
+100.0
-28.6
—2.5
+55.6
—75.0
+175.0
+40.0
-80.0
-66.7
-5.8
-50.0
+220.0
+50.0
+500.0
+100.0
-38.5
+36.4
+50.0
—100.0
+433.3
+29.4
-100.0
+40.0
—31.2
-63.2
419
478
+ 14.1
Property Damage
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
$5,366.26
3,015.40
2,440.00
18,191.20
2,173.70
2,664.00
665.40
3,756.00
9,756.50
3,150.00
1,650.00
2,479.25
1,040.00
1,780.00
1,250.00
11,352.46
890.00
993.00
676.65
590.00
2,199.00
225.00
4,693.52
14,256.79
60.00
250.00
220.00
1,500.00
3,588.10
185.00
2,135.00
5,846.90
5,322.50
777.50
$4,065.14
803.00
1,618.00
11,758.89
2,222.86
100.00
717.00
715.00
2,060.00
9,125.11
3,220.00
100.00
4,746.00
938.00
557.05
1,302.00
10,214.42
100.00
4,390.23
884.00
2,855.00
837.50
300.00
2,740.56
16,569.00
1,030.00
3,249.27
600.00
4,647.18
3,078.14
3,375.00
1,500.00
210.00
104.00
560.00
5,928.44
Per Cent
—24.20
—73.40
—34.50
—35.30
+2.30
—73.10
+7.50
—45.10
-6.50
+2.20
-93.90
+11.20
—8.90
—68.70
— 100.00
-10.02
—88.80
+342.20
+30.60
+383.80
—61.90
+33.30
-41.60
+ 16.20
+1,616.60
— 100.00
+1,376.90
—60.00
+29.50
— 100.00
+44.20
-42.30
—71.80
-27.97
$115,139.13 1   $107,220.79
-6.90
Table 5.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in Unorganized Territory of the Province for the Calendar Years 1952 and 1953
Place of Occurrence
j&wft District	
t^^ George District
r^ck District .	
^brook District
^°ops District ____7^
*n_imo District T_
^»n District "
£? River District      :
jjjwon District.
^°e Rupert District
Oliver Districts.
^District...!";
Totals...
Killed
1952     1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
6
I  1
6
15
8
3
15
4
7
11
12
11
12
16
7
5
3
8
6
4
1
1
5
6
88
84 |
1
Per Cent
-46.7
+400.0
+75.0
+9.1
+9.1
-56.3
-40.0
—25.0
-75.0
+20.0
—4.5
Fatal Accidents
1952
5
12
3
4
9
9
14
5
6
2
74
1953
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1952
1953
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injury Accidents
1952
1953
_____
or(-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1952
1953
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
4
8
9
6
11
7
6
3
6
1
1
4
Per Cent
-20.0
—33.3
+100.0
+50.0
+22.2
—22.2
-57.1
—40.0
-50.6
—20.0
66
10.8
80
85
198
212
110
149
129
154
320
308
274
245
362
296
95
85 |
230
214 |
70
71
74
44 |
192
212 |
2,134
2,075
Per Cent
+6.30
+7.10
+35.50
+ 19.40
+3.75
— 10.60
— 18.20
— 10.50
-6.95
+ 1.40
+40.50
+ 10.40
—2.80
45
124
57
83
165
169
200
53
118
38
45
126
52
127
70
87
173
157
183
4_
130
36
33
125
Per Cent
+15.60
+2.40
+22.50
+2.40
+4.80
—7.10
-8.50
-20.80
+10.20
—5.30
-26.70
-0.80
1,223  | 1,215
-0.65
262
249
1,031
879
320
384
499
525
1,042
1,027
1,043
783
1,175
1,071
295
281
571
561
312
293
355
274
798
741
7,703
7,068
1     1
Per Cent
-4.9
— 14.7
+20.0
+5.2
-1.4
-24.9
-8.9
—4.7
-1.8
-6.1
—22.8
-7.1
■8.2
Accidents Reported
1952
190
689
214
342
703
720
790
208
390
207
223
527
1953
178
587
255
391
728
560
767
197
407
204
173
465
5,203 | 4,912
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
-6.3
— 14.8
+ 19.2
+7.6
+3.6
—22.2
-2.9
-5.3
+4.4
-1.5
—22.4
—11.8
-5.6
Property Damage
1952
1953
$90,111.26
333,051.75
114,464.40
133,265.14
313,111.18
287,114.38
373,369.22
142,331.48
167,217.78
99,185.35
63,950.45
209,401.02
$110,370.31
295,773.83
125,448.17
188,270.21
348,723.98
264,290.44
335,309.32
145,811.96
202,381.61
108,242.12
49,892.37
185,862.19
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
+22.50
—11.20
+9.60
+41.30
+11.40
—7.90
—10.20
+2.40
+21.02
+ 8.50
—21.98
—11.24
$2,326,573.41  |$2,360,376.51
+ 1.50
  REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953
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Table 7.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1953—Cckitiniied
5.
Railroad Crossings
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
_ Property
Damage Only
1.
2.
3.
4.
5,
6.
7.
Gates not down—
Guarded crossing-
Antomatic signal	
Unguarded crossing	
Driver disregarded signal-
Signal not given	
Not stated '	
-man on duty-
Totals.
6
4
33
55
1
6
2
5
3
2
8
18
3
2
23
32
1
5
105
6.
Drivers Involved, Description of
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
1. Male	
2. Female	
3. Notstated-
Totals-
35,496
2,948
122
207
14
4
38,566
225
Personal
Injury
7,438
618
10
8,066
Property
Damage Only
27,851
2,316
108
30,275
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. 16 to 20 years-
_Sr 21 to 30 years-
3. 31 to 40 years-
4. 41 to 50 years-
5. 51 to 60y_H_fs	
6. 61 to 64 years	
7. 65 years and over.
3,839
12,326
9,985
6,570
3,369
918
1,457
24
67
53
29
22
9
18
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
1.
2.
3.
4-
5.
6.
Less than 3 months	
3 to 6 months	
6 to 12 months	
1 to 4 years	
5 years and over	
Not stated	
436
222
532
6,672
29,849
855
3
1
4
28
139
50
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
1. Intoxicated	
2. Physical defect____
3. Extreme fatigue	
4. Normal	
5. Other	
6. Not stated	
368
91
372
35,438
11
2,286
2
1
5
164
53
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
1. Licensed in British Columbia.
2. Unlicensed	
3. Non-resident	
4. Not stated	
36,623
336
1,309
298
188
10
15
12
859
2,639
2,091
1,299
693
180
296
Personal
Injury
101
42
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1,504
6,116
193
Personal
Injury
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24
127
7,320
3
490
Personal
Injury
7,579
97
328
62
2,956
9,620
7^41
5,242
2,654
729
1,143
Property
Damage Only
332
179
418
5,1#
23,594
612
Property
Damage Only
264
66
240
27,954
8
1,743
Property
Damage Only
28,856
229
966
224
 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953
Table 7.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents Mthe Province
for the Year 1953—Continued
N 25
7.
Action of Driver Ccmtributing to Accident
Total
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
Reckless driving——;	
Exceeding speed-limit	
On wrong side of road	
Did not have right-of-way-
Cutting in	
Passing standing street-car.
Passing on curve or hill—
Passing on wrong side	
Failing to signal	
Cutting left corner.	
Car ran away.	
Through street—did not stop-
Driving off roadway—	
Driving through safety-zone.-
Car standing in roadway	
Hit and run .	
Passing at intersection	
Following too close	
Railroad—did not stop	
Pulling out from curb	
Totals	
590
629
989
1,803
469
73
388
127
762
354
466
687
1,882
27
1,827
145
622
1,680
71
737
14,328
Number of Drivers
Fatal
5
5
10
2
3
1
3
5
1
27
1
2
4
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Personal
Injury
142
153
210
373
36
18
63
7
86
79
105
189
574
10
309
19
142
215
19
50
2,799
Property
Damage Only
443
471
769
1,428
433
55
322
119
673
275
356
497
1,281
17
1,517
126
479
1,463
48
687
11,459
8. Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $7,128,012.75.
9.
Pedestrians Involved, Actions of
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Getting on or off a street-car	
2. Getting on or off another vehicle	
3. Crossing at intersection with signal	
4. Crossing at intersection against signal	
5. Crossing at intersection—no signal	
i. Standing on safety-isle	
7. In street—not at intersection	
8. Working on car or roadway	
9. Riding or hitching on vehicle	
10. Not on roadway _ _.
Ii. Walking on or along highway. __,	
12. Playing in street	
13. Crossing street diagonally	
14. Coming from behind vehicle	
15. Not known.	
Totals...
9
14
104
49
236
3
167
10
13
15
73
62
83
138
325
1
2
7
13
1
7
1
5
3
31
9
14
103
47
229
3
154
10
13
14
66
61
78
135
294
1,301
71
1,230
Number of Pedestrians
Condition of Pedestrian
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Intoxicated
87
19
36
47
343
291
478
4
4
3
13
3
44
83
2. Physical defect-...
15
3. Confused by traffic
33
4. View obstructed
5. Careless	
47
330
6. Normal... .
288
7. Not stated™
434
Totals__
1,301
71
1,230
	
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Table 7.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidentsmi the Province
fm the Yebr 1953—Continued
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Classification of -Victims
Number of Victims
Total
1. Drivers 	
2. Passengers	
3. Pedestrians —	
4. Others (persons in horse-drawn vehicles, etc.).
5. Bicyclists \	
6. MotOr-cycle drivers !	
7. Motor-cycle passengers 1	
8. Not stated 	
Totals 	
2,257
3,908
1.3011
14
3118
1263
24
4
Fatal
55
69
71
6
4
Personal
Injury
2,202
3,839
1,230
14
305
122
24
1
7,945
208
7,737
1 Seventy pedestrians injured and two pedestrians killed in other than pedestrian accidents.
2 Twenty-five motor-cyclists injured and one motor-cyclist killed in other than motor-cycle accidents.
3 Three persons not bicyclists injured in bicycle accidents.    One bicyclist killed in other than a bicycle accident.
11.
Nature of Injuries
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
__
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
<7_
8.
9.
_€»r
11.
12.
13.
Fractured skulL
Fractured spine-
Other fractures ..
Concussion of brain-
dislocations, etc.).
Severe general shock with bruises and cuts.
Slight shock and shake-up	
Internal injuries \ : ____ ~_	
Other injuries (sprains,
Cuts by glass (only)	
Drowned	
B urned	
Asphyxiated	
Not stated	
Totals.
122
26
950
74
44
6,232
75
381
11
-ll
5
4
10
63
1
55
1
27
5
39
11-
1
4
1
59
25
895
73
17
6,227
36
381
11
7,945
208
7,737
12.
Light Conditions
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
| Daylight.
2. Dusfr
3. Artificial light—good.
4. Artificial light—poor_
5. Darkness j ___
6. Not stated— .	
Totals	
12,070
1,648
2,052
894
4,897
535
74
8
9
20
63
9
2,625
377
485
292
1328
117
22,096
183
5,224
9,371
1,263
1,558
582
3,506
409
16,689
13.
Condition of Vehicles Involved
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
Brakes defective ____
Steering-gear defective-
Other defects :	
Gjaring head-lights.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
5^Head-lig_ts-di___
8. Tail-light out or obscured-
9. No chains (slippery road)
10. Puncture or blow-out:	
11. Apparently good	
12. Not stated	
"Head-light out <one light)
Head-lights out (both)	
Totals.
597
207
117
46
34
99
205
57
853
197
32,560
3,594
38,566
1
1
1
1
183
27
225
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N 27
Table 7.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1953—Continued
14.
Direction of Travel
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Going straight	
2. Turning right	
3. Turning left	
4. Backing 1—	
5. Parked or standing still—
6. Slowing down or stopping
7. Skidding	
8. Not stated	
Totals . _—
22,512
2,700
4,707
922
4,589
1,223
731
1,182
154
17
22
3
10
1
5
13
5,154
532
1,039
74
639
200
137
291
-17,204
2,151
3,646
845
3,940
1,022
589
878
38,566
225
8,066
30,275
151!
Road Surface
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Dry surface	
2. Wet surface	
3. Muddy surface	
4. Snowy surface	
5. Icy surface	
6. Loose sand or gravel
7. Not stated	
Totals —
11,145
7,460
209
775
1,083
813
611
100
56
4
8
5
10
2,814
1,722
33
116
176
201
162
22,096
183
5,224
8,231
5,682
176
655
899
607
439
16,689
16.
Road Condition
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Defect in roadway~.
2. Road under repair...
3. Obstruction in road.
4. Normal	
5. Other	
6. Not stated	
Totals	
296
235
287
18,420
628
2,230
4
1
1
152
3
22
68
53
64
4,397
140
502
224
181
222
13,871
485
1,706
22,096
183
5,224
16,689
17.                                 Type of Road
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Concrete _
1
1,900
16,421
2,463
479
196
637        i
12
127
28
4
1
11
399
4,067
509
85
41
123
1,489
2. Asphalt	
12,227
3. Gravel	
1,926
4. Earth .
390
5. Brick or cobble	
6. Not stated	
154
503
Totals	
22,096
183        1        5.224        1      16,689
1
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18.
Weather Conditions
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear	
2. Cloudy	
3. Fog or mist.
4. Rain	
5. Snow	
6. Smoke or dust.
7. Not stated	
Totals	
11,174
3,863
617
5,293
510
70
569
22,096
90
31
8
39
2
1
12
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2,710
928
148
1,191
89
21
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5,224
8,374
2,904
461
4,063
419
48
420
16,689
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions
The number of convictions reported under the provisions of the " Motor-vehicle
Act" and regulations, and under section 285 of the Criminal Code of Canada, totalled
26,909, an increase of 1,097 or 4.24 per cent over 1952.
Of these conviction^ 3,735 or 13.88 per cent were for violations under the Ciiiiiinal
Code of Canada; 20,926 or 77.76 per cent were for violations of the | Motor-vehicle
Act"; and 2,248 or 8.35 per cent for infractions of the regulations pursuant to the
"Motor-vehicle Act."
It is interesting to note that since the 1951 amendment to the Criminal Code
section 285 (a), there has been a steady increase under this section to 2,490 convictions
for the year 1953. On the other hand, convictions under section 285 (4) have decreased
to 85, and driving to the common danger, section 285 (6), shows a decrease from 1445
in 1950 to 531 in 1953.
A comparative table showing the various types of convictions under the " Motor-
^ehicle Act I and regulations and the Criminal Code of Canada during the years 1950 to
1953 is set forth hereunder:—
 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953
N 29
Convictions under "Motor-vehicle Act" and Section 285, Criminal Code, 1950-53
Offences
1950
Under Criminal Code of Canada-
Driving a motor-vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol, sec. 285 (4a)
Driving while driver's licence under suspension, sec. 285 (8)	
Failing to stop after accident, sec. 285 (2)
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle without consent of owner, sec. 285 (3)	
Driving motor-vehicle while intoxicated, sec. 285 (4) _
Driving to common danger, sec. 285 (6)	
motor-vehicle  with   apparatus   for   making   a   smoke-screen,
Operating  a
sec. 285 (5)	
Under " Motor-vehicle Act'
Careless driving, sec. 57
Exceeding maximum speed-limit, sec. 58	
Exceeding speed-limit indicated by " speed " signs, sec. 63	
Failing to obtain, or to display, motor-vehicle licence or permit as required,
sees. 69,10, 8, 9, 4.
Exceeding speed-limit passing schools and playgrounds, sec. 62 .	
Operating without driver's licence or failing to produce same, sees. 20, 21, 85, 23
Operating motor-vehicle without minor's permit, sec. 22
Using licence belonging to another, refusing to show licence, etc., sec. 68	
Making false statement, permitting another to use licence, etc., sec. 67	
DrivMg motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence, sec. 20 (6)
Driving motor-vehicle as chauffeur without chauffeur's licence or permit,
sees. 24, 26, 31	
Misuse of dealer's plates, etc., sec. 35_	
Operating with " D " plates without salesman's licence or permit, etc., sees.
38,39,40,41	
Operating as dealer without licence, sec. 32	
Permitting person not properly licensed to drive motor-vehicle, etc., sees. 35,
80,84,79	
Letting motor-vehicles for hire Without complying with requirements, sec. 46	
Employing unlicensed chauffeur, sec. 30.	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicle, etc., sec. 14 .	
Failing to report change in motor-vehicle, sec. 12	
Failing to notify re change of address, sees. 11, 20 (9)	
Altering number-plates and using fictitious plates, sec. 71	
Failing to report an accident, etc., sec. 65 j	
Failing to register as a tourist, sec. 17 j	
Failing to stop at railroad crossing, sec. 60 (2).
Failing to stop on approach of fire and police patrol, sec. 61.
Failing to take necessary precautions re street-cars, sec. 60:
Failing to notify of removal or destruction of motor-vehicle, sec. 16 (1)	
Operating motor-cycle with person in front of driver, sec. 45	
Transporting animals unprotected, sec. 69 (_>)	
Failing to stop on request of police or state proper name, sec. 70
Falling to surrender licence on suspension, sec. 109
Removing or releasing impounded vehicle without arrtrrority, sec. llfr	
Producing invalid financial-liability card, etc., sec. 112_._	
Regulations under " Motor-vehicle Act "—
Failing to display number-plates unobstructed, clean, etc., Reg. 3 („)	
Driving without head-lights or improper head-lights, Reg. 3 (_>), 3 (c)_.
Driving without tail-light, Reg. 3 (d)	
Driving over-width motor-vehicle without clearance-lights, Reg. 3 (_?)__
Driving motor-vehicle with defective brakes, Reg. 3 (g) j
Driving motor-vehicle with defective horn, Reg. 3 (h)	
Driving motor-vehicle without muffler, Reg. 3 (0
Fairing to give required signals on turning or stopping, Reg. 3 (/).
Driving with windshield obstructed, Reg. 3 (/), 3 (A;)	
Bflving motor-vehicle without windshield wiper, Reg. 3 (m)_
Driving motor-vehicle without rear-view mirror, Reg. 3 (p).
Driving motor-vehicle without flag or light at end of load, Reg. 3 (a)	
Replacing glass other than with safety glass, Reg. 3 (n) I	
Operating motor-vehicle with improperly mounted or unauthorized fog, spot,
or auxiliary lights, Reg. 3 (/) \	
Failing to have proper connection between motor-vehicle and trailer, Reg. 3 (r).
Operating defective motor-vehicle after ordered off road, Reg. 13	
calling to sign driver's licence, Reg. 6 .	
Falling to obtain temporary permit for moving motor-vehicle or trailer from
Place to place, Reg. 9	
Letting of motor-vehicles without approved and properly adjusted governors,
Reg. 20	
Failing to submit motor-vehicle for i^^tyj^dl^^^fca 12-—.	
unvmg motor-vehicle with fixture or load which obscures view of highway,
Reg. 3 (o)	
Totals	
134
203
123
265
1,445
746
5,354
2,093
482
3,781
1,610
27
15
19
153
67
41
35
8
43
9
2
6
2
151
2
35
26
35
4
11
1
23
206
286
18
71
27
108
1,246
3
4
15
16
16
3
3
1951
155
163
240
97
509
1,310
1,539
6,159
2,013
368
1,748
2,241
4
35
19
309
95
29
22
14
1
53
13
136
2
7
21
2
9
1
2
53
202
227
42
68
28
186
850
17
8
22
7
3
2
4
1
2
2
1
1
1952
1,748
2_i4
264
103
136
801
2,077
7,639
2,319
876
3,241
2,716
1
32
35
644
132
2d
16
1
15
2
48
4
1
17
2
136
22
37
5
1
3
4
124
281
361
64
77
13
274
1,225-
26
3
6
26
1
1
2
1
3
1953
2,490
297
246
86
85
531
2,770
7,776
2,889
986
2,522,:
2,536
1
45
46
813
143
18
22
4
33
85
4
2
33
1
131
1
16
27
8
4
9
1
245
320
342
35
145
24
229
846
9
7
14
14
1
2
9
18,975       19,046
25,812    I 26,909
 N 30 BRITISH COLUMBIA
rf 3. DRIVING SAFETY
(a) Safety Responsibility
IP A decrease in the total number of British Columbia financial-responsibility insurance
certificates filed by the Safety Responsibility Division during 1953 is indicative of the
more stringent requirements demanded by insurance companies of clients before automobile insurance policies are issued. Also indicated is the fact that insurance companies
are not cancelling present filings but are permitting certificates to remain on file, providing the assureds renew their policies each year or retain in their possession the motor-
vehicles for which the certificates were filed, and that they do not become involved in
further motor-vehicle accidents or convictions for driving infractions.
|^A total of 16,247 certificates were received in 1953, as compared with 20,186 certificates in 1952, this being a decrease of 19.51 per cent. Of this total, 14,868 certificates
were accepted and filed, and, in comparison with 1952 when 17,497 certificates were
filed, shows a decrease of 15.02 per cent.
Out of the total number of certificates received, 1,379 were rejected and returned to
insurance companies concerned as incorrect. This represents 8.48 per cent of the total,
which, in itself, is 48.43 per cent lower than the number of certificates returned in 1952,
when 2,690 were found unacceptable. During 1952, 13.32 per cent of the total number
of certificates were rejected and therefore the decrease in this phase of the work reflects
favourably upon insurance companies who are taking greater care to ascertain that their
information is correct before forwarding the certificates to the Motor-vehicle Branch.
An increase in the number of cancellations was experienced in 1953 when some
16,015 requests for cancellations were received, in comparison with 15,767 in 1952.
This increase of 1.57 per cent is, no doubt, a result of the increased number of persons
who were released from the obligation of filing proof of financial responsibility and to
the wealth of information made available from the records of the Motor-vehicle Branch
of "those persons known as " accident and infraction repeaters."
A summary of the certificates filed and cancelled is shown hereunder:—
Comparison of Financial-responsibility Certificates Received, Filed, and Cancelled
in 1952 and 1953
■
1952
1953
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
Total number of certificates received        -
20,186
17,497
2,690
11,643
3,187
2,667
15,767
16,247
14,868
1^379
11,177
1,475
2,216
16,015
248
3,939
2,629
1,311
466
1,712
451
19.51
Total number of certificates filed	
15.02
Total number of certificates returned
48.43
Owner's policy certificates and garage and sales-agency certificates
filed
4.00
"Driver's policy certificates filed
Owner's policy certificates filed (pubUc and limited)	
Certificate cancellations  ..	
53.71
16.91
1.57
—■
During 1953, 165 financial-responsibility cards were issued to corporations who had
filed a bond or who had been issued certificates by the Superintendent of Insurance that
such a corporation maintained sufficient funds to satisfy third-party liability claims. This
figure represents an increase of 15.38 per cent over that of 1952 when 143 cards were
applied for and were issued by this Division.
The ever-increasing number of licence suspensions in this Province has made it
necessary to add two more card-index wheels to make available pertinent information
relating to persons whose licences are under suspension or who are required to give prooi
of financial responsibility. Ten card-index wheels, with a capacity of 4,500 cards per
rait, are now in operation and are constantly referred to for the checking of all new registrations for motor-vehicle Jicences, notices of transfer of motor-vehicles, original drivers
licences, and general correspondence. Approximately 750,000 individual checks were
made" during 1953r~
_
 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953 _tf 31
During 1953, 8,645 drivers'!licences were suspended under the financial-
responsibility sections of the "Motor-vehicle Act."pThis figure is 8.14 per cent higher
than that of 1952, when 7,994 drivers' licences were suspended. The increase of drivers'
licences reinstated due to the giving of proof of financial responsibility was 3.66 per cent
higher than in 1952. A total of 6,464 drivers' licences were reinstated, as compared with
6,236 in 1952. The suspension of motor-vehicle licences increased 28.78 per cent in
1953 over 1952 to 9,927, and reinstatements showed an increase of 13.64 per cent over
1952, when a total of 6,563 motor-vehicle licences were returned.
A total of 314 drivers satisfied the requirements of Part II of the "Motor-vehicle
Act" before suspensions became effective, after they had been convicted of a driving
offence or involved in motor-vehicle accidents. This total is not included in the number
of licences suspended.
The following tables given full information in this regard:—
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A total of 1,111 drivers' licences were suspended through the $afety Responsibility
Division during 1953 as a result of Court orders and reccmmeiiGlations of Magistrates
and particulars as to the reasons for these suspensions, together with the length of time
each suspension, was in effect, are shown in the following table. This figure does not
include the suspension of drivers' licences made by the Drivers' Examination Division
and the Drivers' Education Division.    v ; f^
Drivers' Licences Suspended during 1953
Reason
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Manslaughter, charged with	
Manslaughter, guilty of	
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careless
Accidents—failing to return to, report,
etc.  _ !	
Not in possession of driver's licence	
Adjudged juvenile delinquent	
Driving while under suspension	
Taking motor-vehicle without consent
of owner _	
Failing to appear for driver's examination or driver's re-examination	
Unsatisfactory driving record	
Totals	
15
16
97
10
3
18
31
43
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5
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54
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During 1953, 3,320 persons were released from the obligation of having p maintain
proof of financial responsibility. This figure represents a 106.21 per cent increase over
1952, when 1,610 persons were released. Of this total, 933 ^releases were made as one
year had elapsed from the date of the motor-vehicle accident as a result of which they
were required to give such proof, and they were able to prove they had not been named
as a defendant in an action for damages in connection with such accident and that they
had neither paid nor agreed to pay any sum for injuries or for damages in excess of $100.
A total of 2,380 persons were able to submit statutory declarations proving that during a
period of at least three years immediately preceding their application for release, they
had not been convicted of any offence which would bring them within the financial-
responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act," and that no judgment in an action for
damages as a result of a motor-vehicle accident was outstanding against them. Seven
persons were released from the obligation of maintaining proof of financial responsibility,
as a result of judgment in an action for damages having been given in their favour.
During 1953, 2,426 motor-vehicles were impounded as a result of being involved in
a motor-vehicle accident, and 2,226 were released. The reasons for the release of these
motor-vehicles is shown hereunder:—
(a) By the owners giving security sufficient to satisfy any judgment that might
thereafter be recovered against them as a result of the accident, and filing
proof of financial responsibility for future operation, 55.
(b) By the owners producing satisfactory proof that all claims for damages
resulting from the accident had been satisfied and filing proof of financial
responsibility for future operation, 833.   I I ! |
(c) By the  production  of a motor-vehicle liability insit__pce card or a
H     financial-responsibility card in respect to the motor-vehicle which was in
full force at the time of the accident, 167. |||
(d) By satisfactory proof being given that the only damage resulting from the
fl     accident was to the person or property of the owner or the driver, 81.
 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953 K 3_
(e) By satisfactory proof being given that, at the time of the accident, the
motor-vehicle was a stolen motor-vehicle?, 3.
(/) By satisfactory proof being given that the motor-vehicle impounded was
so damaged that it would be impractical to repair it so that it could be
driven on a highway, 81. || ' f ?S
(g) By satisfactory proof being given that the driver, owner, or other person
in charge of the motor-vehicle was the holder of a valid existing motor-
vehicle liability policy in full force at the time of the accident, 139.
(h) By the owner or driver of the motor-vehicle producing satisfactory proof
of satisfaction of claims for damages (non-residents), 92.
(j)  By warrant of execution, 5.
(/) By judgment in action for damages having been given in favour of the
owner of the impounded motor-vehicle, 5.
(k) By satisfactory proof being given that, at the time of the accident, the
motor-vehicle was properly parked, 17. II '
(/) On expiration of six months after accident and no action for damages
taken against owner of impounded motor-vehicle, 731.
(m) Action not brought to trial within twelve months after it was begun, 3.
(n) Motor-vehicle not seized within three months of date of judgment, 2.
(o) Damage not in excess of $100, $12.
 N 36
BRITISH COLUMBIA
MOTOR-VEHICLES IMPOUNDED AND
|*|f RELEASED - -1948 - 195 3 j
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 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953                 N 37
DRIVER'S LICENCE SUSPENSIONS
AND REINSTATEMENTS--1943-1953
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Examination of Drivers
During 1953, a total of 61,061 drivers were examined by the Branch in the various
centres of the Province. It is interesting to note that total of drivers required the giving
of 83,724 examinations, the difference in totals being due to the large number of
examinees who fail on the first test and therefore require additional tests.
A total of 36,874 persons completed examinations for original drivers' licences of
whom 25,442 or 69 per cent were male, and 11,432 or 31 per cent were female. Resulting from these examinations was the restricting of licences issued to 5,073 or 19.9 per
cent of male applicants, and the restricting of 2,500 or 21.86 per cent of female applicants. Male failures in original examinations amounted to 302 or 1.18 per cent, and 100
or 0.87 per cent of female applicants failed to qualify. Details of restrictions and failure
of original applicants, by age-groups, are as follows:—
 Summary of Drivers' Original Examinations, 1953
N 39
1                         .         .	
Males (69 per Cent)
Females (31 per Cent
>
Grand Total
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 Years and Over
Total
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 Years and Over
Total
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
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Number
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Number
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Number
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dumber examined, by age-group...
Restrictions
7,672
16
80
113
16
3
21
8
4
874
100.00
0.21
1.04
1.47
0.21
0.04
0.27
0.10
0.05
11.39
7,951
10
132
201
43
5
25
26
2
777
100.00
0.13
1.66
2.53
0.54
0.06
0.31
0.33
0.03
9.77
5,047
17
103
130
31
1
18
21
572
100.00
0.34
2.04
2.57
0.61
0.02
0.36
0.42
11.33
2,714
29
69
84
26
1
10
13
439
100.00
1.07
2.54
3.09
0.96
0.04
0.37
0.48
16.17
1,249
26
45
55
27
2
9
14
1
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100.00
2.08
3.60
4.40
2.16
0.16
0.72
1.12
0.08
35.63
317
10
13
13
5
2
2
2
130
100.00
3.16
4.10
4.10
1.58
0.63
0.63
0.63
41.01
358
15
15
16
2
3
4
2
197
100.00
4.19
4.19
4.47
0.56
0.84
1.12
0.56
55.02
134
12
9
8
3
3
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58
100.00
8.95
6.72
5.97
2.24
2.24
3.73
43.28
25,442
135
466
620
153
12
88
91
5
11
3,492
100.00
0.54
1.83
2.44
0.60
0.04
0.34
0.36
0.02
0.04
13.73
1,900
13
33
4
1
294
100.00
0.05
0.69
1.74
0.21
0.05
15.47
4,272
7
24
40
4
3
1
738
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0.16
0.56
0.94
0.09
0.07
0.02
17.28
3,465
6
31
44
8
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2
2
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0.17
0.89
1.27
0.23
0.03
0.06
0.06
17.17
1,283
7
12
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2
1
350
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0.55
0.93
1.09
0.16
0.08
27.28
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1
179
100.00
2.09
0.47
1.16
0.23
41.53
48
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2.08
2.08
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4.35
4.35
4.35
4.35
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10.00
70.00
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33
83
138
20
2
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3
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2,215
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0.29
0.73
1.21
0.17
0.02
0.04
0.03
0.01
19.37
36,874
168
549
758
173
14
88
96
8
12
5,707
100.00
0.45
1.49
2.06
0.47
0.04
0.24
0.26
0.02
0.03
Toadequate eye-glasses	
15.48
Totals  --
1,135
14.78
1,221
15.36
893
17.69
671
24.72
624    |    49.95
177
55.84
254
70.95
98
73.13
5,073
19.94
346
18.21
817
19.12
689
19.88
386
30.09
196
45.48
34
70.83
24
104.35
8
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2,500
21.87
7,573
20.54
Failures
Failed to complete examination._.
8
24
14
0.10
0.31
0.18
7
32
2
30
5
0.09
0.40
0.03
0.38
0.06
4
13
13
2
0.08
0.26
0.26
0.04
20
1
27
0.18
0.74
0.04
0.99
4
6
1
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3
0.32
0.48
0.08
1.44
0.24
4
6
12
1.26
1.89
3.79
	
2
1
14
0.56
0.28
3.91
4
4
4
12
2.99
2.99
2.99
8.95
38
105
9
140
10
0.15
0.41
0.04
0.55
0.04
3
4
3
0.16
0.21
0.16
2
8
1
7
0.05
0.19
0.02
0.16
3
6
20
1
0.09
0.17
0.58
0.03
3
2
15
0.23
0.16
1.17
4
1
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0.93
0.23
1.62
1
2
2.08
4.17
2
2
8.70
8.70
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10.00
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0.18
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0.50
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126
11
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0.34
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197          0.53
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Totals
46
0.59
76
0.96
32
0.64
53
1.95
32
2.56
22
6.94
17
4.75
24
17.92
302
1.19
10
0.53
18
0.42
30
0.87
20
1.56
12
2.78
3
6.25
4
17.40
3
30.00
100
0.88
402    1      1.09
1
Analysis of Restrictions (Original Applicants)
Males
Females
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Age-group
Referrals
Results
Referrals
Results
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles .
with
Special
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Condition
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Condition
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
16-21	
874
777
572
431
445
130
197
58
171
242
162
136
94
27
34
25
95
155
132
107
77
22
29
20
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
2
1
1
6,543
246
154
118
59
20
31
9
4
7
3
4
7
2
27
81
113
100
62
55
50
17
13
20
-7
9
4
3
4
2
24
78
105
94
59
51
51
16
16
20
5
4
2
5
2
1
3
|
294              33
738              60
595              61
350     |       24
179      |       14
32               2
20               2
7
13
38
40
36
10
1
2
1
1
......
|      __L
1,519
208
219
125
67
7
4
5
1
1
3
6
18
42
26
16
10
1
2
1
2
3
6
18
39
26
16
8
1
22-30   	
2
31-40    .  	
41-50  	
51-60 p
61-64  	
65-69  	
70 and over   	
Totals.—	
3,484
891
637
9
9
7,180
135            430
1
131
412      |        22
1
2,215             196
141
1
2,154
11
113
14
108
2
Note.—(a) Non-physical restrictions include: (1) All licences issued to minors; (2) safety responsibility requirements for certain applicants; (3) automatic transmission, when new applicants have test in that type vehicle—removable on passing test in
conventional transmission vehicle; (4) tractor-type vehicle, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle; (5) motor-cycle only, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle.
(6) A number of licences have more than one restriction.
  REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953 N 41
Re-examination of Motor-vehicle Drivers
A total of 24,187 drivers attended and completed drivers' re-examinations, of whom
20,792 or 86 per cent were males, and 3,395 or 14 per cent were females. Results of
these examinations gave cause to restrict licences of 7,188 or 34.57 per cent of male
examinees, and 999 or 29.42 per cent of female examinees. Failure to qualify caused
the suspending of 323 or 1.55 per cent of male, and 66 or 1.64 per cent of female
examinees. Failing to appear for re-examination when required so to do accounted for
an additional 1,279 licence suspensions. 1
The summary of drivers' re-examination applicants follows, showing age-groups,
restrictions, and suspensions:—
  N 43
Summary of Drivers' Re-examinations, 1953
'	
Males (85.96 per Cent)
Females (14.03 per Cent)
Grand Total
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 Years and Over
Total
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
651-69 Years
70 Years and Over
Total
Number
Per Cent
Number
1
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
!
Number   Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Numper
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number examined, by age-group.-
Rtstrictlons
1,178
2
15
22
1
1
2
4
1
102 .
100.00
0.17
1.28
1.87
0.08
0.08
0.17
0.34
0.08
8.66
3,967
10
54
77
21
24
17
1
418
100.00
0.25
1.36
1.94
0.53
0.60
0.43
0.03
10.54
5,055
24
80
106
29
1
27
41
2
3
601
100.00
0.48
1.58
2.10
0.57
0.02
0.53
0.81
0.04
0.06
11.89
3,524
39
96
103
32
1
18
43
1
3
517
100.00
1.11
2.72
2.92
0.91
0.03
0.51
1.22
0.03
0.09
14.67
1,881
40
67
83
25
10
34
1
677
100.00
2.13
3.56
4.41
1.33
0.53
1.81
0.05
35.99
720
22
29
38
13
3
11
1
314
100.00
3.05
4.03
5.28
1.80
0.42
1.53
0.14
42.61
2,347
100
91
143
40
5
18
35
8
20
1,058
100.00
4.27
3.88
6.09
1.70
0.21
0.77
1.49
0.34
0.85
45.08
2,120
143
144
147
30
2
16
43
100.00
6.75
6.79
6.93
1.42
0.09
0.75
2.03
20,792
380
576
719
191
10
118
228
34
168
4,764
100.00
1.83
2.77
3.46
0.92
0.05
0.57
1.09
0.16
0.81
22.91
38
1
1
6
100.00
2.63
2.63
15.79
594
5
9
1
3
111
100.00
0.84
1.52
0.17
0.51
18.67
1,262
3
9
14
1
190
100.00
0.24
0.71
1.11
0.08
15.05
788
2
6
8
165
100.00
0.25
0.76
1.02
20.94
343
6
1
8
3
1
157
100.00
1.75
0.29
2.33
0.88
0.29
45.77
71
1
1
43
100.00
1.41
1.41
60.56
166
2
4
5
1
2 1?
1
98
100.00
1.20
2.41
3.02
0.60
1.20
0.60
59.04
133
4
10
10
5
1
4
96
100.00
3.01
7.52
7.52
3.76
0.75
3.01
72.16
3,395
17
36
55
1
1
13
4
6
866
100.00
0.50
1.06
1.62
0.03
0.03
0.38
0.18
0.18
25.51
24,187
397
612
774
192
11
118
241
38
174
5.630
100.00
1.64
2.53
3.20
0.79
0.04
0.49
1.00
23           1.09
138           6.51
1,077         50.80
0.16
0.72
lo adequate eye-glasses J _
23.28
Totals	
150
12.73
622
15.68
914
18.07
853
24.21
937
49.81
431
59.86
1,518
64.68
1,763         83.16
7,188    |    34.57
8    |    21.05
129
|   21.71
217
17.19
181
22.97
176
51.31
45
63.38
113
68.07
130
97.73
999
29.43
8,187          33.85
Failures
Failed to complete examination—
1
3
1
2
0.08
0.26
0.08
0.17
5
3
6
0.13
0.07
0.15
5
2
9
0.10
0.04
0.18
7
11
1
19
0.20
0.31
0.03
0.54
4
13
5
17
0.21
0.69
0.27
0.90
3
3
1
13
0.42
0.42
0.14
1.80
4
14
3
18
0.17
0.60
0.13
0.76
8
31
50
61
0.38
1.46
2.36
2.88
37
80
61
0.18
0.38
0.29
2
4
0.34
0.67
7
2
1
11
0.55
0.16
0.08
0.87
2
2
9
0.25
0.25
1.14
5
1.46
1
2
1.41
2.82
1
2
2
0.60
1.20
1.20
2
2
9
1.50
1.50
6.77
10
11
3
42
0.29
0.32
0.09
1.24
47
91
64
187
0.19
0.38
0.27
Road test	
145           0.70
0.77
Totals
7
0.59
14
0.35
16
0.32
38
1.08
39
2.07
20
2.78
39
1.66
150    1      7.08
323    1      1.55
6
1.01
21
1.66
13
1.64
5
1.46
3
4.23
5
3.00
13
9.77
66
1      1.94
1
389
1.61
Analysis of Restrictions (Re-examinees)
Males
Females
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Age-group
Referrals
Results
Referrals
Results
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Condition
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Condition
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
16-21             ....
102
418
601
517
677
314
1,058
1,077
36
130
204
167
161
73
281
550
17
72
135
145
126
59
213
260
1
3
1
3
1
5
4
2
6
2
7
11
985
39
51
52
63
11
50
40
10
11
24
12
9
54
1,500
7
44
61
55
80
31
108
184
10
14
30
10
8
56
1,450
6
41
56
47
78
32
99
200
1
3
2
2
4
7
34
1
6               1
111              12
190             oo
1
6
12
7
11
5
11
20
2
13
8
9
4
4
5
2
1
2
1
1
85
4
5
9
5
6
10
1
1
2
1
1
85
5
5
9
5
5
11
22-30      	
31-40
41-50       	
51-60 	
61-64     	
65-69	
70 and over...
165
157
43
98
96
9
17
2
12
30
1
Totals	
4,764
1,602
1,027
9
38
1,291
1,620
570
1,578
559
53
866             112
1
53
65
1
92
39
91              40
j
1
Note.—(a) Non-physical restrictions include: (1) All licences issued to minors; (2) safety responsibility requirements for certain applicants; (3) automatic transmission, when new applicants have test in that type vehicle—removable on passing test in
conventional transmission vehicle; (4) tractor-type vehicle, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle; (5) motor-cycle only, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle.
(fe) A number of licences have more than one restriction.
  REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953                 N 45
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Chauffeur's Licence Examinations
During 1953, the Drivers' Examination Division supplied written examinations to
1,478 applicants in Class "A" and Class "B " chauffeur's licence categories, and sub-
offices supplied these papers to 658, so that in all, 2,136 examination papers required
marking by the Division.
In the re-examination programme, 1,180 Class "A" and Class "B " chauffeurs were
called. Of this number, 177 were unable to attend for reasons considered satisfactory
by this Department, leaving 1,003 who actually attended. Of those who attended, 280
did not requalify, and of this total, 214 did not wish to retain their chauffeurs' licences,
leaving a total of 66 who failed to meet the required standard. :        il
Some statistics of chauffeurs' re-examinations are given:— %
Class "A" Class "B" p
Chauffeurs Chauffeurs        "jh-\
Number re-examined  382                        621
Number suspended  171 (44.76%)     109 (17.55%)
Reasons for suspension—
Vision  3                          10
jf           Depth I  1                        	
Colours      2
Hearing  1                            1
Physical condition  7                            2
f:\            Road tests  15                          24      |>
Did not wish to retain  144 (37.70%)       70 (11.27%)
Number of Class "A" and Class " B " chauffeurs' papers marked for applicants
(original) for both Class "A" and Class " B " chauffeurs' licences during the year 1953:—
January  166 August      167
February  165 September     182   ;
. March j  247    . October |      168  1
April  166 November     174
May   195 December     138
June 1  194 "lj|. 	
July  174 j| Total  2,136
(c) Drivers'Education
This section is an addition to previous Annual Reports, and tells of an interesting
development in the efforts of the Branch to deal with the very serious problem of the
careless and irresponsible drivers on our highways. "f; jf I
;j Through drivers' examinations, the physically unfit driver and the poor driver have
ji been removed from the road, or, in many cases, their disabilities compensated for by way
. of restriction. ThrougH financial responsibility, the serious offender has been made to
offer security and protection for his future conduct. Unfortunately, although serving
a very definite and useful purpose, neither takes care of the driver who is fit and capable,
who is able to obtain financial responsibility, and yet is an habitual offender or is accident-
prone. For the purpose of curtailing this type of driver, on instruction of the Honourable
Attorney-General, the Drivers' Education Division was set up within the Branch and
commenced operation on May 1st, 1953.
The Magistrate's report of every conviction under the I Motor-vehicle Act," the
f Motor-vehicle Act" regulations, and the Criminal Code of Canada is forwarded to the
Superintendent, who has it placed in the master file of the driver, whereupon this file is
drawn and the complete record of the driver is reviewed. If a warning letter is indicated,
such a letter is written in a friendly, personal manner, drawing the attention of the driver
to his unsatisfactory driving record and the need for his improvement in order to avoid
 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953
N 47
the suspension of his driver's licence. Of course, in some cases the record indicates that,
for the protection of all concerned, immediate suspension is necessary, and in that case
the formality of the warning letter is dispensed with. Where a warning letter or a
suspension letter is written to a minor, a copy of such letter, together with a covering
letter, is also sent to the parent. ■ • tt
Suspensions are made by a panel consisting of at least three members of the
Department, with the Superintendent or the Deputy Superintendent always a member,
and at such time the complete record of the driver is reviewed and adjudication made.
Attending these panels, too, have been representatives of various police departments,
insurance companies, and other interested organizations, and for their co-operation,
constructive criticism, and suggestions we are most grateful.
It seemed desirable in many instances, and where location made it practical, to
interview the holders of the suspended licences before the licence was reinstated.
Consequently, in pursuit of this policy, some fifty conferences were held in 1953, when
the driving records and habits were discussed with the licensees by our drivers' exaipiners.
After the discussion, the licences were returned to the drivers with the distinct hope that
an improvement in their driving records would be the result.
In addition, in 1953 talks wpre given before service clubs, and two radio broadcasts
were made on the subject of traffic safety by the personnel of the Motor-vehicle Branch.
Twenty-five Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachments and municipal police offices
have been visited, and support from these bodies, together with that from insurance
companies, service clubs, and safety councils, has been most helpful and encouraging.
The need for co-operation between the many interested agencies and the great part it
plays in the over-all picture of traffic safety is fully realized and appreciated by this
Branch.
The following statistics cover the operation of the Drivers' Education Division from
May 1st, 1953, to December 31st, 1953, inclusive:—
Warning Letters
Male
Female
Total
Per Cent
lJ_Siauffeu£5*;,
Age-group
Class "A"
Class "B"
Class "C"
Under 21
217
340
136
54
21
1
1
6
3
1
1
218
346
139
55
21
2
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31-40
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3
41-50...
1
51-60.
61-70...   .
Over 70...
Totals
769
12
781
100.0
4
16
73
1 Statistics on chauffeurs only kept since September 1st, 1953.
Suspensions
Male
Female
Total
Per Cent
Previously
Warned
Chauffeurs1
Age-group
Class "A"
Class "B"
Class "C"
Under 21
48
86
44
20
13
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1
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87
44
22
13
2
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4
21-30
15
31-40	
41-50   .
51-60
61-70
6
2
Over 70
—
Totals
214
3
217               100.0
48                   1
4                27
1 Statistics on chauffeurs only kept since September 1st, 1953.
Total records adjudicated, 18,164.
 N 48
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Conferences
Age-group Number
Under 21  14
21-30 25
31-40    7
41-50    2
51 -60    2
61-70	
Over 70	
Total  50
Driving Record Searches
In the course of the years, the Branch, through its system of records, has built up
a very valuable history-file of every driver in the Province. These records are of great
assistance to police departments and insurance companies in their efforts to deal fairly
with drivers who come to their attention through accidents and offences.
An idea of the use of the records for such purposes is conveyed by telling that 286
record-searches were made for police departments and 6,908 were made for insurance
companies in 1953, making a total of 7,194 searches, an increase of 567 searches
over 1952.
Sometimes the attitude is taken that these records serve as a history of the grief
a driver falls into, but they also serve to confirm the good record of a very large majority
of the drivers. It is a known fact it is the minority of drivers who fall into the category
of | problem drivers."
4. ENCUMBRANCE REGISTRY DIVISION
This Division showed a considerable increase in activity during 1953, as indicated
in the following table. The increases are slightly higher in percentage than those shown
for motor-vehicle licence registration, indicating a trend in the purchasing of vehicles
on credit.
It will be noted that registrations under the § Conditional Sales Act" increased by
6,212 (15.0 per cent), and registrations under the " Bills of Sale Act" increased by
541 (4.1 per cent), while registrations under the "Mechanics' Lien Act" decreased
by 141 (12.2 per cent). Searches under the "Conditional Sales Act" and "Bills of
Sale Act" also showed considerable increase.
The revenue of the Division showed an increase of $12,901.65 (10.9 per cent),
to the sum of $131,662.75. | |
The Encumbrance Registry Division was faced with the task of coping with the
volume increase in document filings, provide an adequate search service which increased
by approximately 16 per cent, and at the same time hold the line in staff volume. By
a new method of recording put into effect on October 1st, 1953, not only was it possible
to meet the increased work volume, but a staff reduction was possible, and problem of
backlogs which plagued the Division was entirely overcome.
The following table summarizes the work volume of the Division for the years
1952 aild 1953 under provisions of the "Bills of Sale Act," "Conditional Sales Act,
I Mechanics' Lien Act," " Companies Act," and " Co-operative Associations Act":-
 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1953
N 49
Item
1952
Registrations under  "Conditional  Sales
Act" ! -
Registrations under "Bills of Sale Act "__--
Registrations under " Mechanics' Lien Act".
Registrations under " Companies Act'
Registrations under " Co-operative Associations Act" —  -___—..
Releases filed under   £ Conditional  Sales
Act"	
Refeases filed under " Bills of Sale Act "-.
Searches under " Conditional Sales Act "~
Searches under " Bills of Sale Act "	
Documents copied, certified, etc	
Total number of items	
Revenue
Vajlue of law stamps sold	
Value of law stamps attached to documents
when received —|	
Value of conditional-sale and bills-of-sale
search fees .	
Fees under " Companies Act "	
Fees under  " Co-operative  Associations
Act"	
Miscellaneous fees, copying, certifications,
etc.„ . -	
, Total revenue	
41,339
13,111
1,158
11
1
790
935
14,955
14,780
96
87,174
$67,119.00
40,084.00;
7,433.75;
11.00
1.001
112.351
1953
47,551
13,652
1,017
9
658
890
17,376
17,059
129
98,342
$76,015.50
46,899.00
8,608.75
9.00
1.00
129.50
Increase
6,212
541
2,421
2,279
33
11,168
$8,896.50
6,815.00
1,175.00
17.15
$118,761.10     $13^,662.75     $12,901.65
Decrease
141
2
132
45
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Per Cent
Increase
15.0
4.1
16.2
15.4
34.4
12.8
13.3
17.0
15.8
15.3
Per Cent
Decrease
12.2
18.2
16.7
4.8
18.2
10.9
j|. 5. SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS
The issuance of permits for the operation of buses in the transportation of children
to the public schools of the Province comes within the jurisdiction of the Superintendent
of Motor-vehicles. Valuable assistance in the enforcing of standards laid down for
school-bus operation is received from the Officer Commanding the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police and the Superintendent of Motor Carriers, through the good services
of their Inspectors. Regular inspections are carried out on all buses covered by these
permits.
During 1953, permits issued totalled 585. One permit was revoked for failure to
meet standards and provide adequate equipment. Permits in effect on December 31st,
1953, were 509, an increase of 37 permits over the previous year.
There were 19 reportable accidents involving school buses, causing minor injuries
to 12 pupils, and fortunately there were no serious injuries or fatalities. Property damage
in these accidents amounted to $8,872.66.
6. STAFF '
Through method changes during 1953, it was possible to meet the increased volume
of work without any staff increase. The following is a table which shows staff disposition
on December 31st. It will be noted temporary assistance at that date totalled 42.
December 31st comes within a period when preparatory work for the coming licence-
year is in full swing, and hence the high temporary total at that date. To overcome this
problem, new methods have since been developed which should reflect in less requirement
for temporary help in future years. § i§|
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Intermediate clerk (Grade 2)__
Intermediate clerk (Grade 1) _
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Clerk (Grade 2) __
Gerk (Grade 1).
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Number of permanent employees, 203; vacant permanent positions in process of
being filled, 10; employees on leave for armed forces, 2; making a total of 215 permanent
positions.
CONCLUSION j|
During 1953, a great deal of effort was expended in a programme of public relations,
to find out what the motoring public and the automobile industry in all its aspects wanted,
and to discuss mutual problems with interested individuals and organizations.
These efforts resulted in a heavy programme of legislation, and a start on a programme of simplification of forms and methods. The views of those vitally interested
has been of invaluable assistance in the formation of policy in our drivers' education
programme in dealing with the offenders among drivers.
Generally, it is found, there is an increasing awareness on the part of the public of
the Motor-vehicle Branch and a realization that its responsibilities lie considerably
heyond the role of a collector of licences.
The Branch continued to enjoy excellent relations with other Branches of Government, and bodies outside the Provincial service.
Sincere appreciation is expressed to the members of your Department, and to those
of other Government Departments, to the officers and members of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police and the various municipal police departments in the Province, and to
the personnel of this Branch, for their co-operation and the manner in which their many
and varied duties were performed throughout the year.   1
I have the honour to be,
ShC
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE LINDSAY,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles.
 VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1954
360-1254-3715
 

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